Looking to buy a security system for your home? Consider a vacuum.
LG's newest Hom-Bot robotic vacuum, available this month, merges cleaning and home security into one smartphone-controlled system.
In addition to sweeping up dust and crumbs, the Hom-Bot has front and top-facing cameras that can be accessed through its app at any time. In a true representation of the "smart" vacuum, once it's become accustomed to your home, the Hom-Bot will also automatically snap photos and message them to you if it detects movement in an area of the home or at a time of the day when activity is unusual.
Presenting the Hom-Bot as a competitor to smart vacuums on the market, most notably iRobot's Roomba, LG has added several defining features that set it apart from its competition.
A square-ish rather than rounded shape allows it to edge into tighter corners, and its cameras not only act as a safety measure but also help it more accurately map the room to achieve an efficient cleaning route. Its final feature is a sure appeal to a millennial audience: The vacuum is a rose-hued shade of "metallic gold."
LG's Hom-Bot Turbo+ costs $999 but additional models without cameras retail for $799 and $699.